Derrick Pereira has every season to be displeased about. Referee Pranjal Banerjee gave away a controversial penalty to Pune FC after Douhou Pierre went tumbling down in the box under pressure from Chika Wali. Mustapha Riga converted from the spot to equalize for the visitors.
The decision had its bearing on the result with the final score reading 1-1 despite the home team having dominated the game.
“I think we should have scored another goal or two in the first half. We created a lot of chances even in the second half. The conditions were tough for both the teams, but I think we were the better side.
“We created a lot of chances and opened up their defense, but these mistakes do happen and I think it was a soft penalty which was given. I don't think it was a penalty. Clearly, we got the ball and if the referee gave that as a penalty then he should have given the other one also where Duffy was [brought down] - that in fact was a much clearer penalty in the second half,” said Pereira.
He chose not to dwell on those decisions of the referee and preferred to focus on the areas where his team could improve upon.
“There were some decisions which went against us, but its part of football. We need to improve on our finishing. We need to improve in the attacking third. After the break, this was our first [I-League] match. So after this match, I think we will improve and get much sharper.”
Australian Matthew Foschini made his I-League debut as a centre-back which saw Augustin Fernandes being deployed as a right back in the absence of Nicolau Colaco.
“This was his first match in the I-League and I'm happy with the way he performed. He was good going forward and he covered the defense well. I think he's a very good utility player who plays in the midfield as well as on the flanks. He can play in the defense too. He's a quality player. He's originally a defender who played as a right full back for Melbourne Victory. In the Goa League he played in the midfield for us.”
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